"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw


"The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties. "

President Theodore Roosevelt (R), 1907

"Political campaigns cost money. We can’t control that. But we can control where that money comes from. I suggest that we need to do more than simply reform the corrupt campaign finance system in this country…Eliminating the private money could eliminate private influence on our government."

Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego), in “Public Financing of Political Campaigns—the Next Step in the Battle for Control of America

"Clean Money [...] means that California government will become more responsive to its citizens rather than to campaign contributors."

Bob Stern, President of the Center for Government Studies, Los Angeles

"Our current system of financing political campaigns excludes many people, including Latinos, from fully participating in the political process because they do not have vast financial resources. Clean Elections campaign reform will help to change this, and enhance democracy for all of us."

Antonia Hernandez, executive director of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

"It's the best investment the public can make. Then the [politician's] allegiance is owed to the public. "

John Garamendi, California Insurance Commissioner

"Here in America we see the special interests groups and those who have the money who are powerful being the ones who call the shots. That is just not right. In fact, it's very wrong. It's morally wrong. It excludes the majority of the American people. And for me that is very undemocratic."

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

"We need an election process that decreases the role of money in politics, and increases public participation and trust in politics. Only then, through decreasing politicians' dependence on campaign contributors and focusing on publicly-financed elections, can we improve the long-term, best interests of the entire nation."

Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club

"I'm absolutely for public financing. There's too much special interest money."

Art Pulaski, head of the California Labor Federation

"Corruption dominates the ballot box, the [state] legislatures and the Congress and touches even the bench.....The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced....The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few."

Founding convention of the People's Party, 1892 (Known as the Populists)

"The idea that we have to pay homage to the pharaoh is like somebody standing at (Davis') door and saying, 'What gifts do you bring the governor, that you have an audience with him?'"

Paul Turner, Greenlining Institute

"My ideal system would be public financing… I want to move on to public financing."

U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, The Progressive Magazine, May 2002

"One of the key provisions of Proposition 20 and the current coastal act is the focus on obtaining public access paths to the beaches. That -- rather than a Great Wall of Mansions -- is what the Coastal Commission is supposed to protect. And whether it takes the state Supreme Court or the Legislature or a clean-money campaigning initiative, that is what we need to fight for."

Ellen Stern Harris, Executive Director, Fund For The Environment and co-author of the initiative which created the California Coastal Act

"To date the reform legislation passed at the Federal level has been limited in scope. Instead, it is at the state level that ambitious efforts to stem the flow of money in politics have emerged and been successful. California is in desperate need of reform, and the California Clean Money Campaign has a comprehensive solution that will have a national impact when enacted."

Nick Nyhart, Executive Director, Public Campaign.

"It's beyond the perception of impropriety. It's '... you give me money and support; I give you this.' It's wrong. People can do this with smiles and winks and all of this, but to put it in actual words — incredible! It's an incredible sellout."

Bill Thompson, Professor at UNLV and author of "Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia", on a Gov. Gray Davis offer to Indian tribes during the recall campaign.

"The system is corrupting by the way it's constructed. [Gov. Gray Davis] was a victim of it as well as a perpetrator of it. It's awful."

State Sen. John Vasconcellos (D)

"Good public policy for our economy, our culture and our safety will never fully exist without: First, public financing of elections... "

Warren Beatty

"[Clean Money] takes special interest out of the election process and replaces it with the public interest, returning our political process to the hallowed principle of one person, one vote."

Ex-U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (D), MN. In 2001 speech on Clean Money Clean Elections legislation.

"...there are more important priorities such as access to health care, but one might imagine how much access to health care there would be if politicians didn't need money from HMO lobbyists. "

The Greenlining Institute. "Claiming Our Democracy." Page 11.


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